Going anywhere nice this year?

A whopping three million Brits are to take to the skies over the Christmas period in order to go on holiday, it has been found.

According to the Association of British Travel agents (Abta), traditional holiday destinations such as Tenerife, Turkey and Egypt are popular, but other, less touristy places like Budapest and Warsaw are also being chosen by many people from the UK.

This could be due to people visiting their family and friends who may have moved away.

The number jetting off to foreign climes was found to be much the same as last year, despite predictions that travel may suffer as people cut back amid the credit crunch.

Justin Fleming, Abta president, said that getting away is more important at Christmas for many than is escaping in the summer, since the reasoning behind it is probably different.

“[Holidays] provide a valuable time to unwind and spend quality time with family,” he pointed out.

The news echoes recent research by Kayak.co.uk, which found that most people who are going away over the festive period will do so on December 22nd when they have finished work for the year and have had time to tie up any loose ends.

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